The El Paso Psychological Association* with the UTEP Psychology and Social Work Departments and Southwestern Institute for the

Advancement of Psychotherapy, LLC**

are happy to present TWO Winter CE Workshops for Texas AND New Mexico Psychologists, LPCs, LMFTs, and Social Workers in ONE day!!!


Our morning workshop is entitled From Chaos to Harmony: The Process of Cross-Cultural Communication and will provide 3 CEs toward the Texas and New Mexico requirement of cultural training for licensure. The workshop runs from 8:30-11:30 and will be presented by Rachita Sharma, CRC, LPC, and doctoral candidate. In this interactive presentation, attendees will be engaged in the dynamic game of Barnga. Designed to be a game about inter-group awareness, Barnga provides participants with an opportunity to make discoveries about the subtle nuances of inter-cultural differences in perception, metacognition, and communication.


This workshop is designed to help you:

–      Learn how to engage in effective reconciliation of differences that facilitate maximum functionality in a cross-cultural group

–      Learn about the silent language of culture

–      Learn key terms pertinent to cultural awareness within your practice

–      Apply key concepts of culturally sensitive services within your practice


The afternoon workshop is entitled Winds of Change at TSBEP: Disciplinary Trends, Board Rules, and Sunset Review and will provide 3 CEs toward the Texas and New Mexico requirement of ethics training for licensure. The workshop runs from 1:00-4:00 and will be presented by Darrel D. Spinks, Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. This workshop will focus on disciplinary data and recent trends in Board complaints, recent significant changes in the law governing the practice of psychology in Texas, as well as the Sunset Review process scheduled to begin in May of 2016. Question and Answer session will be available after the presentation. 


This workshop is designed to help you:

–      Discuss the Texas Board's disciplinary process and outcomes

–      Assess the likelihood of receiving a complaint

–      Analyze trends in Board complaints

–      Apply solutions or corrective action in an effort to avoid potential complaints

–      Learn about significant rule changes governing supervision in Texas

–      Learn about significant changes in Texas statutes affecting the practice of psychology in Texas

–      Learn about the Sunset Review process and how you can participate in that process


WHEN: Friday, February 19th, 2016

WHERE: the Blumberg Auditorium in the basement of the UTEP Library

PARKING: passes will be emailed to those who register prior to February 14th, 5:00pm.


8:00 - 8:30 Check-in and Late registration

8:30-11:30 Culture presentation

11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00   Ethics presentation



Both Workshops without CEs: $35

Both Workshops with CEs for TX Mental Health Practitioners & TX Psychologists: $70

Both Workshops with CEs for NM Mental Health Practitioners & NM Psychologists: $80

All fees increase by $10 for registration after 5pm, February 14th, at which time online registration is closed. Registration is available on site via cash and check.


Rachita Sharma is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and doctoral candidate at University of Texas-Pan America. She is also a Clinical Instructor and Coordinator for the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work, and Addictions at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her research interests include: resilience among people with disabilities, best practices for transition of veterans into post-secondary education settings, mental-health disabilities, and multicultural perspectives in rehabilitation. She is an experienced presenter speaking on topics ranging from rehabilitation for TBI, suicide and substance use assessment, mindfulness, and multiculturalism.

Darrel D. Spinks is the Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Mr. Spinks is a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Baylor in 2001, Mr. Spinks practiced law in his hometown of San Saba for 10 years. Mr. Spinks has handled a wide variety of litigation in both state and federal courts involving real estate, probate, consumer, contract, and administrative cases, and represented individuals charged with major felony crimes.

Mr. Spinks came to the Board in August of 2011, and served as the Board’s General Counsel through September 1, 2012, when he assumed his current position.  Mr. Spinks is in charge of managing the day-to-day operations of the agency, as well as responding to a myriad of requests and inquiries from the public, state and federal agencies, law enforcement, the Legislature, and the Governor’s Office.  Mr. Spinks also testifies on behalf of the Board before the Legislature and the Legislative Budget Board, and serves as a resource witness for various legislative committees when called.



For more information: Contact EPPA at


UTEP Library
Blumberg Auditorium, in the basement
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, Texas 79968-0582

Friday, February 19, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MST)

*The El Paso Psychological Association (EPPA) is composed of doctoral level psychologists, licensed associates, and graduate / postgraduate students in psychology-based programs with interests consonant with the purpose of the organization.  The objectives of the organization are to facilitate understanding and stimulate discussion of issues relevant to psychology and its practice. EPPA serves to foster constructive relations with allied professionals and to promote ethical standards for psychological practice. EPPA is a source of information for its members and the public within the El Paso area regarding psychologists and their specialties.

**Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, LLC.

SIAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIAP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.